Wrinkles are a natural, if not pesky, part of aging. Caused by sun exposure, face muscle contractions, and smoking, you don't have to suffer in silence. See what anti-aging products work, how to prevent more skin damage from occurring, and what you can do to get smoother skin.
Don't Over-Wash Your Face
Tap water strips skin of moisture and natural oils that protect against wrinkles. Wash your face too often, and you wash away its protection. And unless your soap contains moisturizers, use a gentle gel or cream facial cleanser instead.
Some studies have found that creams and serums with vitamin C can raise collagen production, protect against damage from UVA and UVB rays, help reduce dark spots and uneven skin tone, and reduce redness. You have to use a skin product with the right type of vitamin C, though. L-ascorbic acid may be the best for wrinkle relief. You may also see a vitamin C ingredient listed as ascorbyl palmitate.
Trade Coffee for Cocoa
Try a wrinkle-reducing drink. In one study, researchers found that cocoa with high levels of two antioxidants (epicatechin and catechin) protected skin from sun damage, improved blood flow to skin cells, helped hydration, and made the skin look and feel smoother. Delicious! By the way we love the Cocoa Coffee Face Glow 100 organic, great to remove dead cells, blackheads, clogged pores and heavy makeup.
Injectable Fillers are substances that are used by your physician to replace lost volume in certain areas of your face. When used appropriately they can result in substantial and fairly long lasting improvement. They are not replacements or alternatives to Neurotoxins in that they treat a different set of problems: deeper creases and folds that are not due to muscle activity. FDA approved fillers are a constantly changing landscape, but some of the common fillers in use today are:
Hyaluronic Acids (Juvederm™, Restylane™ and others). These products are composed of a gel like substance that is found in our bodies in between the cells. This substance is lost as we age so one can consider this as replacement therapy in a way. These fillers are soft to the touch and are used in the lips and other areas where a softer product is needed. They do not typically last as long as some of the other fillers. I'm Fabulous Cosmetics is also making a amazing organic topical serum made with Hyaluronic Acids.
Hydroxyapatitie microspheres (Radiesse™). This product is another naturally occurring compound in our body and is more of a paste like consistency. It is used in areas where a thicker, firmer filler is needed, such as the deep folds along the sides of the mouth. Most studies have found it to last somewhat longer than the hyaluronic acid products.
Poly-L-Lactic Acid (Sculptra™) This product is a synthetic polymer that has long been used in dissolvable suture material. It works in a different manner than the other fillers: it stimulates your body to generate new collagen. This product has been extensively studied and appears to last up to 4 years in some areas. It is really intended for deeper injection sites such as the cheek or temple areas and should not be used in the eyelid or lips. It requires multiple injection sessions to reach the goal of correction, where most of the other fillers can be used to obtain correction in 1 or 2 sessions.
Polymethylmethacrylate microspheres / collagen (Artefill™). This product was approved in 2006 by the FDA for the correction of wrinkles. It requires a skin test for collagen allergy. It may be able to achieve permanent correction and is intended for injection into deeper areas. It typically requires multiple injections to achieve long lasting or